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    Re: Lifting Thread;training for the tattooed warrior.

    Whatever your mantra - through out all times the discipline of training has been one of the few constants in my life. Mostly It builds a self-belief that lasts, I think because its one thing that solely you are responsible for the outcome .
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylegrey View Post
    Whatever your mantra - through out all times the discipline of training has been one of the few constants in my life. Mostly It builds a self-belief that lasts, I think because its one thing that solely you are responsible for the outcome .
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    Re: Lifting Thread;training for the tattooed warrior.

    I weigh 160 and my bench PR is a humble 225x1. However, I recently dipped BW+88x1, then finished off with two sets of 8 dips at BW+40. And all of that was AFTER benching! I use a full ROM on dips. I just don't understand how my dips are that much stronger than my bench.

    Anyone else experience this? Might it indicate--I don't know--that I'm not engaging my triceps enough on bench? I'm out of ideas. Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Maybe if you switch your chest routine up to dumbells instead of barbell and add some dumbell chest fly's to? I find that dumbells put more strecht on my chest then barbell presses. Should add some more strenght to your chest imo

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    Re: Lifting Thread;training for the tattooed warrior.

    If you look at the structure of the really big benchers they tend to be under 5-10 with short levers and deep barrel chested . I'm more your height and my triceps were also exceptionally strong with pulling movements much more my forte ,therefore I reasoned that I needed to really hit my front delts , I added front raises and gave shoulders more priority .

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    Re: Lifting Thread;training for the tattooed warrior.

    @kylegrey I'm 5'10", too--not exactly built for benching with super short levers, but my arms aren't ridiculously long, either. For shoulders, I do military press once a week and just added seated DB press once a week, too. I also do rear delt work (face pulls, band pull-aparts, DB laterals, power shrugs). I'm just surprised that my dips are so far above my bench. Maybe I'll try to focus on recruiting triceps more and see if I can use my mind to will the bar up.

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    Re: Lifting Thread;training for the tattooed warrior.

    @hogg On another level 225 on the bench represents a psychological barrier for a lot a lifters in effect much like the sub 4-minute mile ,you can get caught up on benching and particulary numbers .Try switching to DBs for a cycle and hitting different angles by pressing up as normal but at the finish twisting em and touching at the middle ,one thing I noticed early on is that all great benchers swear by DBs .Now approach your military press like your bench concentrating on increasing the weight and getting stronger on this movement ,follow up with front DB raises for raw power .
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    Re: Lifting Thread;training for the tattooed warrior.

    Also 225 on the bench ain't that shabby !!
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    exactly, that's more then twice the weight i can bench atm so be proud of what you have achieved so far!

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    Re: Lifting Thread;training for the tattooed warrior.

    I was a regular heavy lifter until I had a shoulder injury late in 2010, took until February of 2011 to get back on track after 4 months of intensive PT. Prior to injury, my PR on the bench was 300 and I'd do 225 for reps. Go to late 2011 I was in a car accident and have a back and neck injury. All of my lifts are compromised and down the crapper. My workouts are light and I throw in more cardio than I had been doing. I'm in PT now since January, did 2 months at a chiropractor, now I see a pain management specialist as well. Talk about insurance company hassles, being hurt is no fun.

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